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Audioholics tech articles are well researched and chock full of great detail on how products and technologies operate. Our staff of electrical and acoustical engineers, combined with industry expert guest writers ensures you're getting a true AV education when researching all topics from HDTV, cables, room acoustics, loudspeakers, amplifiers and all things related to audio and video technologies.

Audio Technologies

THX Spatial Audio on Qobuz Listen with ANY Headphones!

— October 07, 2022 00:35

 THX Spatial Audio on Qobuz Listen with ANY Headphones!

Qobuz teams up with THX to deliver immersive music using proprietary THX Spatial Audio rendering. These tracks highlight THX technology to deliver “spatialized” 360-degree audio on any headphones.

Audio Technologies

Mobile Fidelity’s Digital Vinyl Debacle: Are your records really analog?

— August 31, 2022 00:05

Mobile Fidelity’s Digital Vinyl Debacle: Are your records really analog?

Mobile Fidelity has been caught in a lie. After years of claiming to produce pure analog vinyl, it's been revealed that the company regularly uses digital DSD transfers in the production of its remasters.

Room Acoustics

Will Dirac’s New Spatial Room Correction Technology Revolutionize Audio Optimization?

— August 29, 2022 00:50

Will Dirac’s New Spatial Room Correction Technology Revolutionize Audio Optimization?

Dirac Live is looking at "spatial" room correction to let all speakers work together to correct each other allowing you to manipulate the spatial qualities of a system and overcome acoustic problems.

Audio Video Cables

Should You Use Audio Cables as Tone Controls?

— August 19, 2022 00:15

Should You Use Audio Cables as Tone Controls?

Some believe that different cables lend different sounds to your system. Does that mean that you could use cables as a sort of tone control, to tweak the sound of your system? Read on to find out.

Loudspeaker Design

Can Active Streaming Speakers Really Replace a High-End Stereo System?

— July 19, 2022 00:15

Can Active Streaming Speakers Really Replace a High-End Stereo System?

Will hardcore audiophiles ever replace their two-channel rigs with all-inclusive active streaming speakers? These compact setups have become very popular so there’s clearly a market for them. Read on.

Audio Technologies

Auro 3D Downmixes into Bankruptcy, Still Keeping Height Channels Up

— June 23, 2022 00:25

Auro 3D Downmixes into Bankruptcy, Still Keeping Height Channels Up

Auro 3D has recently declared bankruptcy. But is the the end for this immersive surround format? Can it survive on upmixing only? Don't count the audio company from Antwerp, Belgium out just yet.

Loudspeaker Design

MIT Researchers Develop Paper-Thin Loudspeaker That Can Mount to ANY Surface

— June 04, 2022 01:00

MIT Researchers Develop Paper-Thin Loudspeaker That Can Mount to ANY Surface

A Research team at MIT has developed a thin, flexible loudspeaker that can be mounted to any rigid surface (such as a wall), turning it into a high-quality audio source. Learn about the applications.

Audio Technologies

Is Qualcomm’s New ‘aptX Lossless’ Technology The Holy Grail of Bluetooth?

— February 10, 2022 01:00

Is Qualcomm’s New ‘aptX Lossless’ Technology The Holy Grail of Bluetooth?

Qualcomm Technologies announced the first truly lossless Bluetooth audio codec. aptX Lossless can deliver CD-quality audio with zero loss of information. Will audiophiles finally embrace Bluetooth?

Room Acoustics

Personal Psychoacoustics: A Journey towards Great Sound & Product Development

— February 07, 2022 01:05

Personal Psychoacoustics: A Journey towards Great Sound & Product Development

There have been a lot of articles on psychoacoustics and the relative audibility of various acoustic phenomena. This is a personal journey towards great sound and product development.

HDTV Display Formats

Netflix Is Now Streaming High-Quality AV1 Video to Select Smart TVs and Game Consoles

— January 26, 2022 00:50

Netflix Is Now Streaming High-Quality AV1 Video to Select  Smart TVs and Game Consoles

Netflix is streaming content via a new, more efficient video codec called AV1 which can deliver higher video quality at any given bitrate than previous codecs. Will this become the new standard?

Room Acoustics

Audyssey Unveils an Upgrade to Room Calibration With MultiEQ-X

— January 20, 2022 00:40

Audyssey Unveils an Upgrade to Room Calibration With MultiEQ-X

Audyssey announced the MultEQ-X PC based room correction software that works as an add-on to the MultEQ system already embedded in many AVR's. What kind of features can we expect from MultiEQ-X? Read on.

Audio Video Cables

HDMI 2.1 Compliance Certification Is An Incomprehensible Swamp Of Confusion

— January 17, 2022 00:45

HDMI 2.1 Compliance Certification Is An Incomprehensible Swamp Of Confusion

The HDMI Licensing Admin says that new HDMI devices can be granted “HDMI 2.1 compliant” status even if they don’t support any of the features associated with the HDMI 2.1 standard. Confused? Read on.

Loudspeaker Design

10 Loudspeakers Trends That Should End

— January 14, 2022 00:10

10 Loudspeakers Trends That Should End

In this article, we go over ten things that we would like to see change within the loudspeaker industry. Read on to find out what speaker companies are doing that bugs us so much!

Loudspeaker Design

10 Audio Myths Debunked For Better Sound

— December 27, 2021 00:30

10 Audio Myths Debunked For Better Sound

We tackle some of the less obvious but more resilient audio myths that seem to linger despite numerous attempts at correction. We debunk the audiophile myths to help prioritize your hifi needs.

Audio Technologies

Audio Codecs Explained for Non-Audiophiles

Dua Rashid — September 26, 2021 20:20

Audio Codecs Explained for Non-Audiophiles

WAV, FLAC, MP3, MQA, what is the best audio CODEC to handle your audio files? Audioholics has put together a guide explaining these extensions and what they mean in terms of sound quality and storage.

Audio Technologies

Tidal Adds Millions Of MQA Tracks From Warner Music Group

— July 08, 2021 01:55

Tidal Adds Millions Of MQA Tracks From Warner Music Group

Tidal’s library of MQA-encoded music has just grown significantly. Millions of new tracks have been added from Warner Music Group’s extensive catalog. Is MQA really better or just a gimmick? Read on.

Audio Technologies

Apple Music Lossless & Dolby Atmos: How YOU Can Enjoy Every Bit of Resolution!

— June 29, 2021 01:00

Apple Music Lossless & Dolby Atmos: How YOU Can Enjoy Every Bit of Resolution!

Apple Music is now lossless for its entire catalogue with separate libraries streaming at high-resolution and Apple’s new Spatial Audio by Dolby Atmos. We discuss how to get the best sound.

Audio Amplifiers

FTC May Kill Amplifier Rule: Help Us Keep Consumer Protections in Audio!

— February 09, 2021 01:00

FTC May Kill Amplifier Rule: Help Us Keep Consumer Protections in Audio!

Your country needs YOU to help protect consumers from false advertising in audio. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reviewing its "Amplifier Rule", help maintain truth in amplifier ratings today!

Loudspeaker Design

Polk, Definitive Technology First Speakers to Qualify IMAX Enhanced Certification

— November 20, 2020 17:00

Polk, Definitive Technology First Speakers to Qualify IMAX Enhanced Certification

DTS and IMAX are extending their IMAX Enhanced certification to loudspeakers so consumers will know which speakers will get them closer to that IMAX experience at home. See what brands are first.

Audio Amplifiers

Receiver Power Consumption Rating vs Output Power Is Not Watt You Think!

— November 09, 2020 06:00

Receiver Power Consumption Rating vs Output Power Is Not Watt You Think!

Ever wonder how your favorite manufacturer rates power consumption on their AV receivers and how it relates to maximum available output power to your speakers? The answer may surprise you so read on.

Audio Amplifiers

Audiophile Myths About Amplifier Negative Feedback Debunked

Bruno Putzeys — July 18, 2020 02:00

Audiophile Myths About Amplifier Negative Feedback Debunked

What is feedback and how does it affect audio? Here we present a pseudo-interview to help answer questions about feedback; a fascinating and complex topic that lies at the core of successful design.

Audio Technologies

Tidal Delivers True Dolby Atmos Music To Your Home Theater

— June 11, 2020 08:00

Tidal Delivers True Dolby Atmos Music To Your Home Theater

Subscribers to Tidal’s $20/month HiFi tier can now stream Dolby Atmos Music to their Atmos-capable AV receivers or sound-bars, bringing immersive music into their home theaters. but there are caveats.

Audio Technologies

Dolby Eliminates Key Feature for Enhancing 2CH Music

— May 24, 2020 08:00

Dolby Eliminates Key Feature for Enhancing 2CH Music

When Dolby released Atmos, it was done in concert with their surround upmixer which does a great job enhancing 2CH music thanks to a key feature Dolby is now removing from new products. Let's get it back!

Audio Video Cables

HDMI 2.1 - Everything You Need to Know Explained

— May 19, 2020 09:00

HDMI 2.1 - Everything You Need to Know Explained

HDMI 2.1 becomes a reality with the latest gaming platforms while also promising improve audio and video quality through eARC. Find out the new audio & video features and cable requirements for HDMI 2.1.

Audio Amplifiers

Is Too Much Amplifier Negative Feedback Bad?

Bruno Putzeys — May 05, 2020 10:00

Is Too Much Amplifier Negative Feedback Bad?

Some audiophiles believe too much negative feedback will diminish sound quality in amplifiers while others believe no feedback is even better. Is this true or an audio myth needing to be busted?

HDTV Display Formats

Is This The End For LCD? Samsung Dumps LCD For New Quantum Dot OLED TVs

— May 01, 2020 02:00

Is This The End For LCD? Samsung Dumps LCD For New Quantum Dot OLED TVs

Longtime LCD champion Samsung is ceasing production of LCD panels, and starting to build its own custom version of OLED TVs that will utilize quantum dot technology. Read on to learn more.